bcschrei

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Hey guys this is my first computer build, any suggestions, advice would help!
I found pretty much everything I wanted to build a low budget game system on newegg this is what I have

Intel Pentium E5300 2.6GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard

Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

COOLER MASTER RR-CCH-L9U1-GP 92mm Hyper TX2 CPU Cooler

MSI N9600GT 512M GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3 500W ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC Power Supply


Thats all I got, thanks for any advice!
 

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E5200 is better bang for the buck.

May as well get 2x2GB for ~$40.

HD4830 is faster and cheaper than the 9600.

Get the Caviar Black 640GB for $5 more, it's faster.

That PSU is a poor choice. If you like the case, add a 300W Seasonic for ~$40. Or else get the Antec NSK4480B case w/Earthwatts PSU.
 
I'd pick up the E5200 and use the $17 saved to upgrade a few things. The E5200 will easily overclock to 3.4GHz - 3.6GHz.

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731 $47.99

Any new build deserves 4GB of RAM since the prices are so low.

ASUS EAH4830/HTDP/512MD3 Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121289 $88.99 - $20 MIR

A 4830 is a faster card, and I think this one is cheaper too!

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319&Tpk=wd6401aals $69.99

The 640GB drives are faster than the 500GB models.

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 $24.99

You shouldn't get an old IDE DVD burner for a new build. SATA makes life much easier.

PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS420X 420W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703017 $59.99 - $15 MIR

Cooler Master PSU's aren't that great. This PC Power & Cooling will actually produce more power and is more efficient. The PSU is the most important piece of hardware in your computer because if it blows up, there's a very good chance it will take other parts with it.


Edit: theAnimal beat me to it! :)
 

bcschrei

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Thanks for the tips, definitely appreciated!
I changed up the video card to the 4830
the processor to the E5200
the HD to the WD640
switched to the PC Power and cooling silencer
added the 4gig of ram and the DVD Burner

Anything else I'm missing?
 
Are you buying a new operating system for this build? If you are, you will want a 64-bit OS so you can fully use all 4GB of RAM.

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488 $99.99

When are you planning on purchasing all these parts? The HD is an excellent price right now and probably won't last long. You might want to buy it ASAP.
 

bcschrei

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I was just planning on using XP and upgrading to the windows 7 once its released, and yes plan on purchasing them over the next two days.

Any ideas on the XION computer cases? heard anything bad or good